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We've all heard the phrase 'the rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer' and I think this applies to those in employment in comparison to those unemployed. Although those employed may not exactually be getting richer (just making ends meet) but their CV remains in good shape. The more they stay in the job the more experience they can bank on. On the other hand, those that have been out of employment for a long time may take equally a long time to get back in. Who wants to employ someone that has been out of work for a long time even if they are eager and sincere and willing to give the job 110%. Very few and unfortunately I haven't heard of them.
Then there's other factors. We are aging each day. So the longer you stay unemployed, not only are you ruining your CV but the age factor is also becoming increasing against you. Many jobs specify that applicants are expected to be between so-and-so age group. Most companies visualise career as a ladder and once you've past your mark without getting their then your no longer required. I can understand that you can't play professional football at 45 but in this day and age probably you can't even start a career at 35.
Those of us that fell out of expectations may fell out of favour for good. You can't 100% blame the companies for the policies because this 'building of a successful career man or woman' started from the day you start schooling. Schools and Uni's too sometimes don't accept students once they exceed a certain age. Thats simply the way it is. It is a competitive market and everyone should be on their toes. I just wonder if all this is one day going to setup a criteria for phyiscal appearance (and by phyiscal appearance I mean something even more than the clothes we wear).
So my personal advice is nap like a cat if you can (by starting your own business), and leave the rat race behind.
As I'm currently starting my own business I was interested to see what advice you had... maybe this is in the wrong category as there isn't anything on self-employment it's more of a general comment on the start of the job market. Simon.
sdwill 19.08.2002 09:51
This is more of an op on 'employment' rather than 'self employment' isn't it? I agree with the sentiments mostly - that it is better to have a job, but disagree about being on the scrap heap if you're older and as far as I know you can study for a degree at whatever age you like!
jillmurphy 19.08.2002 09:06
I think this category is intended to be for advice on HOW to do it rather than WHETHER to do it. Sorry for the meanie rating. :(